Loussac Library

The Loussac Library of Anchorage, Alaska, is preparing for a once-in-a-generation renovation. Opened to the public over twenty-five years ago, the vital and beloved institution recently needed a new strategic plan to meet and anticipate the evolving needs of the community.

Bruce Mau Design teamed with RIM architects to develop an inspiring long-term vision for the facility and to launch the renovation. For the first phase of the project—the new facility Master Plan—BMD led the team towards an overall vision of the library and introduced the design principles that will guide all aspects of the building program. 

The success of the project depended on a high level of community education, enthusiasm and involvement. To ensure that the major changes to the facility reflect the needs and desires of the community, BMD designed and led a multi-pronged engagement strategy consisting of online interaction, public workshops with hundreds of attendees, a scenarios visioning process, collaboration with the community task force, and a series of focus groups with specific community organizations.

The outcomes of these engagement processes, combined with a deep study of global trends in library services and the changing nature of information, were synthesized into a compelling new vision for the locally resonant library.